Liverpool look set to beat Tottenham and Southampton to a Norwich star, while Man City are ready to spend £27million to sign a La Liga defender, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL TO BEAT SPURS AND SOUTHAMPTON TO NORWICH TALENT
Liverpool are growing increasingly confident of pushing through a summer move for £10million-rated James Maddison, according to Tuesday’s papers.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been one of the best performers in the Championship this season, having scored five times and weighed in with six assists.
With both Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton said to be making regular checks on the player, the Daily Express believes the Reds look the most likely to push through a summer swoop for the star, which could amount to £12million.
It’s claimed Liverpool see Maddison as a star of the future but would like to push through a deal for him this month.
However, after last week selling Alex Pritchard to Huddersfield for £11million, the Canaries are hopeful of keeping Maddison until the summer at least.
“Two weeks ago I didn’t have the feeling we would sell Alex but things develop, offers increase and there is a point when the club must make a decision,” Norwich head coach Daniel Farke said.
“You know in this business there can be something stupid at any moment. But right now, from the sporting side they know it is important to keep a key player like James Maddison.
“The only message from this decision should be that before, the financial pressure was not big in this window.
“Now we have sold an important player for a lot of money so there is no pressure to sell another one.
“It takes further pressure away and we are able to keep players like James Maddison.
“I am pretty sure if we get another offer for one of our big players after selling Alex the board would feel we can’t lose a second key player in this moment in the season.
“It means we are more likely to keep the key players together.”
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